England batsman Kevin Pietersen refused to be drawn into the Graeme Swann story on Tuesday and distanced himself from speculation suggesting the retired bowler's team-mate remarks were referring to him.
"I'm not giving any energy to what happened yesterday," he said at a press conference ahead of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.
"The only energy that I've got on this tour left in me is for Melbourne on the 26th, training today, training tomorrow and Sydney.
"My interest levels in yesterday are less than zero."
The Director of Cricket at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club believes the 'irreplaceable' nature of Graeme Swann is one of the reasons the spinner was selected for the first three games in Australia, despite his claims today that he isn't fully fit.
Graeme Swann's announcement that he is to retire from first class cricket has received mixed reaction. Swann has said his arm has not felt 'quite right' since his operation earlier this year. Some have criticised him for playing in this series if he knew he was not 100% fit.
Mick Newell says the selectors probably had no choice but to select him, because has has previously been 'irreplaceable'.
What? Swann's quit too, before the series is even finished? Australia must be laughing their heads off. This is so embarrassing. #Ashes
Cricketer Graeme Swann's snap retirement from the England team during the Ashes tour has drawn shocked reactions on Twitter, with Piers Morgan calling the move "embarrassing" and saying the Australian team "must be laughing their heads off".
It was always a privilege to represent my great country playing the game I love and I'll forever support the three lions #keepthefaith
Swann told the Sun on Sunday (£): "It would be wrong for me to stay on for two more games just in the hope of picking up a few more wickets and adding to my personal tally." The spin-bowler also said his right elbow "hasn't felt quite the same" since a second operation earlier this year.
Swann's retirement follows Jonathan Trott's departure from the tour after England's first defeat, citing a stress-related illness.